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Spun polyester for museum hinging

Frances M.

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I've lost my spun polyester pieces I used with hinging with paste and mulberry paper, to keep blotters from sticking. Where can I get some more? I've done a search of that name and come up empty, so may be using the wrong term.
 

wvframer

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Try Talas and University Products. Perhaps Conservation Resources.

If you strike out, most plant nurseries have it, though it might not be as pure as what you have been using for hinging.
 

Frances M.

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Try Talas and University Products. Perhaps Conservation Resources.

If you strike out, most plant nurseries have it, though it might not be as pure as what you have been using for hinging.
The Hollytex is a bit steep but Reemay is similar and I have a ton of that for my garden. It's OK to use that between hinge and blotter?
 

Melinda Tennis

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At the fabric store get Pellon, not the iron on. It is interfacing for sewing and comes in different weights/thicknesses.
 
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wpfay

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Or, switch to a method that doesn't require overnight weighting. I use desiccated blotter squares and dab the back of the hinge with fresh surfaces until the hinge is dry to the touch. It should air dry rather quickly from there and requires no weighting or waiting. I don't think I have used the spun polyester when drying a hinge in over 20 years.

Preservation experts are moving away from traditional paste starch hinges (rice and wheat, food material) to the old faithful Methyl Cellulose (inedible), or to Klucel G (Hydroxypropylcellulose) that uses alcohol and water as the wetting agent so there's minimal expansion and contraction of the papers used for the hinge or the art. Neither of the two mentioned require cooking and they have a pretty good shelf life.

 

Jim Miller

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Have you noticed that sticks of frame moulding are often wrapped in spun polyester or other synthetic fabrics? Not conservation grade, not necessarily clean, but probably could be useful if washed.
 

shayla

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I use paper towels and little squares of MountCor release paper. Not saying it's the best, but it's what I do, and it usually works fine. This thread is an encouragement to improve.
 

framah

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I put a piece of rag mat (Rising) on either side and replace it after a bit.
A small weight bag helps to keep flat.
 
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